Good afternoon and welcome to today's Patriots chat. Thanks for joining in.
The lead-in question presented on the Patriots blog today was: If you could make one free-agent move for the Patriots, what would it be? I'll post some of the responses now and then we'll chat...
I believe we should look for the next Vrabel or Colvin in this years crop of FAs. Vrabel wasn't the big name FA so maybe we could take a chance on someone who may not have the name but could be a great system fit here in New England. After that I would like to see a safety (other than Huff) and a Guard/Center then a big WR
Yeah, it's a long shot, but add a veteran defensive end to put some pressure on the QB. Another long shot, sign Sidney Rice.
I said only one, DJ!
One move in free agency - though I know it is highly unlikely and since I feel confident in our defense, let's stretch the field and add a deep threat. I loved Randy and the dynamic he brought. Two numbers - Ochocinco! What an amazing energy he could bring along with talent. Tom and company need a 4th ring!
One FA move to the Patriots? How about a veteran C/G for insurance? I am scared the interior OL is one injury away from a disaster.
I would rather see the Patriots go after Mathias Kiwanuka if ( and that is a good sized if ) his health concerns check out. I know he was played more in the 4-3 with the Giants but I believe he has played some outside linebacker.
Mike, that's an unfair prompt as there are just too many possibilities to narrow it down to a single response. So, in an evasive attempt to answer the question, I'll give you a free agent pick-up (under the widely discussed potential CBA free agency rules) and a fantasy trade. First, after reading your mailbag, I saw that Jason Babin would be a free agent under the proposed rules. Get that done, Bill, and replace the production of Banta-Cain in sub-packages. Secondly, the "will-only-happen-in-my-dreams" trade. Let's be honest, the Kansas City Chiefs owe the Pats a bit of a back scratch for throwing them a Pro-Bowl QB (along with Vrabel, but that turned out to be more of a frill of the trade) for only a second round pick . So here we go: the Pats give up the R1 pick from New Orleans and a non-starting interior offensive lineman of the Chiefs choosing (excluding Connolly, our return man is not on the table), and in return, you guessed it, Tamba Hali....Fat chance, but that'd be great.
To me, today's question is easy. The best move we could make in FA is to resign Mankins to a long term deal.
In response to your question of the day, I would make no free agent acquisitions. Is our need really pass rush? Why don't we give what we have a chance? We could be surprised. Faith people - faith. Remember 14-2 without a pass rush? Yes, it is one aspect of the game; however, I will remind you of the immortal word that BB uses in his sermons about success - TEAM. One person does not make a pass rush - a TEAM is required. Enough said.
Either a solid D-end or OLB to sure up some heat on opposing QB's. I feel our secondary will be one of the tougher units to pass against, but if there's no pressure, Dirty Sanchez will look like an all-star once again in that stupid simple offense the Jets run.
Hey Mike, if I got to make one move in free agency I think it would be to go get Eric Weddle from the Chargers. I know Brandon Meriweather is a "Pro Bowl" safety and James Sanders is well-liked by the coaches and fans, but they are both actually pretty mediocre. A couple nice interceptions by both of them were cool, but they don't make up for their lack of coverage ability. Opposing Quarterbacks averaged what would have been something like a top 10 passer rating when throwing at our safeties. That needs to improve, and Weddle (who I think is scheduled for free agency) would be a guy I tried to get.
In response to the lead-in question:I know that the obvious choice to make here is an OLB or DE. While I would love to see someone like Cullen Jenkins in the Pats line-up, I think the defensive front has some solid competition and great depth. I think a healthy Mike Wright, a healthy Ty Warren, an improving Jermaine Cunningham, and Eric Moore playing all 16 games will improve the Pats pass-rush.I would love to see the Pats pick up a WR, namely Malcom Floyd. He's tall, fast, and can be pretty physical at the line of scrimmage. I think it would be beneficial for Brandon Tate and Taylor Price as well. It seems those two are aiming for a similar style of play and it would be great to have a guy like Malcom teach him a thing or two... Thoughts?? Thanks!
Hello Mike!In response to the question about a FA to target, I'd say Kiwi from the Giants. He's a BC guy, from all accounts is a consumate professional and team player, and just seems like a total BB FA signing. Granted, his health concerns have been an issue, but if it comes down to him or TBC (making $5 million), wouldn't you rather the guy who can play coverage in addition to bringing pressure? TBC just doesn't have good coverage, and always get's toasted at the worst time. See 4th quarter, 3rd down of the Browns game last year. His awareness is just not there. It seems foolish to pay a guy $5 million to ONLY rush the passer, when he's actually not all that great at that either.
If it wouldn't cost us too much, I'd like to see the Patriots give Manny Lawson a chance in our 3-4. Obviously, his sack numbers weren't outstanding in SF, but I'd be excited to see what Belichick can do with him. He's a good young talent, has the size, and could be the missing piece for our defense if we can get more out of him.
Go get Cullen Jenkins! A 3-4 end that can rush the passer, perfect fit for the Pats.
After the draft, Mathias Kiwanuka makes the most sense. OLB is the only position where depth is not ideally set. If he's added, pass defense and 3rd down defense improves by a lot.
Good stuff there, as always. Thanks for chiming in on that. There might not be a lot going on football-wise (excluding lockout talk), but we're keeping the flame lit here. Let's chat until 1 p.m.
Hi Mike. Do you agree that it will be really crazy part of the season when lockout ends? Some teams will have a lot of work to create the team(Jets for example) but Patriots can focus on practice because except Mankins we almost don't have to solve any contract issue or FA. I don't see that there will be any player form FA who will become a starter so Patriots can work from day 1 all team together. I think it is good advantage to not wait on some playmaker from FA or trade.
Hi Radim. Know how Bill Belichick often says the end of a season is like being on a treadmill and someone just hits the stop button on you unexpectedly? This is the other side of it. Everyone is going to hop on the treadmill and there is no time to warm up. It's going to be top speed from the first minute -- rookie signings, free agency etc...
Hey Mike, Great to have you back on the beat. I had a couple of problems with Jeffri Chadiha?s column on the NFL?s best coaches posted on the site today. I realize that BB can?t win everything, and I fully accept the fact that there are other coaches out there who may do some things better than BB; however putting Chan Gailey on there for anything seems a little ridiculous to me. I?ve always thought of him as a poor man?s Wade Phillips, and that?s not the highest of compliments. Also maybe this is my Jets hatred coming out, but Rex Ryan has the best sense of humor and does the best post game interview? How exactly does this help his team win games? Just seems like he forced old sexy Rexy in there for something. I know it?s tough to comment on something you didn?t write, but I wanted to get your take on it.
Thanks James. Going to sneak away with the family next week and then I'll be back for good. Just split the two weeks up; in case the lockout ended, I wanted to make sure I at least got one week. ... As for the column, I thought it was light-hearted in nature. When thinking of it in that tone, and the category of best post-game interview, it sort of made me chuckle a bit. But overall, I'm tired of all these rankings. It's time to talk real football, right?
What exactly are the upsides, or tangibles, of Taylor Price? I remember an article on him a while ago, but is it his speed, height, ball skills, or route running skills that have some saying he'll beat out Tate?
Price ran a 4.4 coming out of Ohio, is a top-level athlete, he has David Givens-type size (a bit thicker than the average WR), and some good hands. At this point, I think it's a stretch to say he'll beat out Tate. My concern with Price is whether he made the right choice to train in Ohio this offseason. If I was in that situation, I probably would have attached myself next to Brian Hoyer, realizing that most of my preseason reps are going to come with him at QB.
Hey Mike, Last year I was completely on his bandwagon. At times he looked very solid and it appeared he was ready to become a great player then things never seemed to "click" completely for him. I fear he will be a player most affected by the lockout. However I also feel that if he "gets it" then our D-line just improved greatly and hopefully that will affect the pass rushers. I also have high hopes for Deaderick. He played for Sabin so he has experience in this system and he could be one of those players who makes the jump from year 1 to year 2. With him I would imagine it would be more getting in shape and staying out of trouble than learning the system. I hope you and your family have a great holiday.
Thanks Rick. I deleted a key part of your submission ... we're talking about Ron Brace here...
Brace, to me, epitomizes the defensive line situation -- he could be a starter, could be fighting for a spot. I'd put Deaderick in the same category. I think that's why that position will be fun to watch in camp. They have plenty of bodies, but do they have top-level quality? It's a question that will ultimately be answered on the practice field, because I'm not sure the coaches know the answer right now either.
Will the Patriots offer a one-day contact to Ty Law once the lockout is over?
I don't think so, MarkJ. The team has a Hall of Fame and that's what the Hall is for. I don't ever recall the Patriots doing a one-day contract regardless. Do it for Law and McGinest, then you have the Milloys and Vinatieris etc... wanting their day in the sun. I didn't hear Bledsoe ask for a one-day contract and he still will have his day -- with a well deserved Hall of Fame induction. To me, that's what it is all about.
Could you make a list predicting the final 53 man roster for the Pats this year? After looking at their roster it looks like there is not much room for any more additions to the team.
Injuries always are something to consider, Branden, but we'll definitely make some predictions as we get into camp.
Mike, over the last few years the Patriots have been known for having a solid offensive line. With the Logan Mankins situation, Stephen Neal retiring, and Matt Light a free agent, what do you think the starting line up will be this year?
Jacob, the more I think about it, the more this line needs Matt Light back for another 1-2 years. I just don't think it's realistic to have Nate Solder starting from Day 1 given this lockout situation. So let's go: LT Light; LG Mankins: C Koppen; RG Connolly; RT Vollmer. Not much change at this point, but the talent is in the pipeline for a line that has gotten a bit older.
Mike, what are the odds the Patriots bring back Randy Moss?
Evan, I think they are long odds. I just don't see it.
If Crump gets cut, Maneri could provide needed depth at both tackle and tight end. How did he look on the practice squad last year?
I don't see Crumpler being cut unless there is a setback with the offseason shoulder surgery. On Maneri, I view him solely as a tackle at this point.
Hey Mike - obvious concern, the labor situation. We are nearing July and nothing on the horizon. I am tired of reading the different reports - close, not close, etc. Give me your honest take on what we are looking at - will I have a reason to happily drink beer on Sunday? You are one of the only media outlets I feel I can trust. Thanks as always...
Paul, thank you for that vote of confidence. Nothing means more from someone in this position. I am not actively reporting on the situation, so I can only give you my feel -- I think it's going to get done and if you were standing next to me, I'd hand you a bottle opener to crack open that cold one. For what it's worth, I booked my first two regular-season trips this week; that's how confident I am we're going to have football.
Eric Moore seemed able to be disruptive in the backfield, how did he hold up against the run?
Pretty good there, too.
Which Patriots running back do you think will see the field the most and which do you think will get the most touches. I think Vereen is going to light it up this year.
Still think Green-Ellis will have most touches, but good distribution should be had if all are healthy.
Other than Patriot Games, Have you been to Gillette Stadium for other events?
Indeed, Chris, from Revolution soccer games to Bruce Springsteen concert.
Hey Mike,I'd like to hear your 'most overrated current Patriot' and 'most underrated'. I see Meriweather as a good candidate for overrated, given he's been to two Pro Bowls which boggles my mind. I'd have a guy like Dane Fletcher at underrated. Last year he kept making plays, and I don't remember a time he made a dumb mistake. I love mistake free, solid fundamental linebackers and I'm glad we have that guy. Thoughts?
Agree on Meriweather, Tim. On the underrated side ... (stalling here for a few)
Mike Wright was the first player to come to mind, in a Jarvis Green type role.
Hi Mike, glad to have you back from vacation. I just wanted to say that I can't believe how badly Rodney Harrison trumped Mike Vrabel in the "best FA siging" poll you had in the blog earlier this week. Vrabel is by far the better signing in my opinion because he was unknown at the time, whereas Rodney was already a stud. Rodney may have had more effect on the secondary than Vrabel did on the LB corps, but Vrabel represents good evaluation by BB and the scouts, and you need to find those diamonds in the rough in order to build a championship team.
I was surprised too, Nate.
How does ras-i dowling compare to patrick peterson, minus the injury concerns?
Ben, I have heard some conflicting scouting reports on Dowling. One scout felt he wasn't very physical. Another touted his physical play. So it's a little bit of a mixed bag and tough to say right now from this perspective. Peterson also has the returner aspect to consider, and I don't expect to see Dowling as a returner in New England.
Mike, with so much Beef on our DL now with Warren, Wilfork, and Stroud, do you think it's possible we might see more sub packages utilizing a 2-4-5 scheme with Wilfork and Stroud, or perhaps Wright and Stroud on 3rd down while keeping our Pass rushing LB's on the field, but not giving up the middle of the field or backfield with the extra DB's? It would seem to be a good possible lineup of Wright, Stroud, JC, Mayo, Guyton, Moore on the front line to get some pass rush going on 3rd downs.
Jeff, I think anything is possible. Just not sure Stroud will be a real sub guy at this point, but will have to take a closer look at him in camp. My thought on him was more of a first- and second-down role.
What about me? I can tackle and cover well. Do I fit Belichick's mold of an OLB?
Have to be honest, Manny, I haven't seen you play much recently. My initial thought is that a Matt Roth is a bit better fit, but I don't feel too confident with that thought now.
Hi Mike! Hope you had a great vacation, good to have you back.I'm interested in how you think Jermaine Cunningham will improve this upcoming season. Specifically, do you think that having someone like Ty Warren next to him (rather than the other Warren...), occupying offensive linemen, will make it easier for him to get after the quarterback? Thanks!
James, I don't think the Warren factor will be what potentially elevates Cunningham's game. More than that, I think another year of getting bigger, faster and stronger is the key. I'm curious to see how he holds up in camp.
Hey Mike,recently you mentioned that Steve Maneri looked much bigger this year. Maneri was one of the best blocking tight ends in the 09' class. He has made the conversionto Tackle and has spent a year under Scarnechia. Do you see Maneri making the roster this year, possibly beating out Mark LeVoir for reserve tackle?
Rudy, at this point, I'd just be guessing. I think he has a chance, but really, we need to see the players on the field. I like Maneri.
Hey Mike, I just want to start off by saying my expectations are super high and aside from some minor tweaks I think by far the most important thing to do is get a deal done with Logan. If that can't be accomplished trying to get Marshall Yanda would be a acceptable alternative. I think James Jones should get some love as well, I like his down field ability.
Thanks Shaun. I think expectations should be high. I also view the Patriots as a top team.
Mike,Do you know which Patriots rookies did (or didn't) attend the rookie meetings in Orlando this week?
Shane, saw tweets from Dowling, Mallett and Cannon. Not sure about the others. Considered pursuing it, but didn't think the value of the information would be worthy of the time investment. Should I reconsider?
No games have been missed because of the lockout but in what way if any has the quality of training camp or the season been affected ?
ABSOLUTELY, David. This is a point that I think can't be stressed enough. Bill Belichick often opens camp with a significant stretch of full-pads practices. I think it's highly unlikely we'll see that this year. The early practices will probably all be in shorts and T-shirts, with a key part falling on the strength staffs in assessing players' conditioning. It will almost be like an organized team activity instead of a pad-crunching, rock-'em, sock-'em practice early on.
What position are the Pats most likely to fill when free agency begins? Pass rusher(OLB/DE),WR, or RB.
Bill, in additoin to OLB, I was thinking OL and S.
Mike, Do you know how the NFL Network decides who presents the players in their top 100 player countdown?
Not sure on that one, Colleen. Interesting choice on Ray Lewis for Brady, right?
I do not understand why everyone keeps talking about the Patriots being interested in Mark Herzlich. His agent is Tom Condon and I think you saw BB has no interest in a Tom Condon client when he passed on Costanza of BC, taking Solder instead. He could have taken Herzlich with the 7th round pick instead of a special teamer out of TCU. Also, there is no way Condon would let him sign with the PATS as an undrafted free agent. It is too bad as I think he will be a very good player.
Sam, I don't think the Condon factor matters there. It's about leverage in my view. If the Patriots want Herzlich, and Herzlich wants to be here, we're talking about an easy-to-construct rookie free agent contract. That's a lot different than a first-rounder. When we talk about Condon not letting Herzlich sign with the Patriots, I think it's important to remember that Condon is working for Herzlich, not vice versa. The ball would be in Mark Herzlich's court.
What are the odds on a scale from 1-10 that we pick up Deanglo Willams out of freeagency and the odds on us trading for Steve Smith from carolina in your eyes
I think in the 1-2 range, meaning it's less likely. As for the odds on Steve Smith, if the price is a third-rounder (I thought I read that somewhere), I like that possibility.
Mike I have a question about Terrelle Pryor and the supplemental draft. If he is projected to go in the 4th or 5th round, does that suggest that he is an 11th or 12th round talent? Could he have gone undrafted if he came out at the normal time?
Kyle, I don't have much on Pryor. Apologies. Usually, it's the other way around. A player will go a few rounds later in the supplemental draft than he might have gone in the regular draft.
Mike, I feel like there are a couple of very good free agents that are not even being considered by Patriot Nation: Ray Edwards and Steve Breaston. I think Edwards might be our best option for an outside linebacker and Breaston, while not my first choice on the free agent market, would be a great piece in the Patriots offense. I would love to Sidney Rice suiting up for us more than any other player, but these two seem realistic and very promising.
Do you think the Pats take a shot with Vernon Gholston?
Max, a few years ago, I closed the door on a possible Tully Banta-Cain signing and what happened? They re-signed Banta-Cain. That's a reminder to me that you can never say definitely something won't happen. As for Gholston, I'd be surprised if the Patriots go there.
If you could keep either Kaczur or Light who would it be? I think Light would help the team more.
I actually have two moves I'd like to make. I would like to sign WR Sidney Rice and OLB/DE Mathias Kiwanuka. I think Kiwanuka is a perfect fit for our defense, and he could solve our pass-rush issues along with Cunningham. As for Rice, he could be our long term #1 reciever and fill the need for a deep threat. Since recievers generally develop in their third seasons, I think Tate, Price, and Edelman are more replacements for Welker/Branch, who are in the last year of their contracts.
Mike, In one of your blogs you mentioned a few reasons why Patricia was moved to coach the safeties. Could this also be a way for BB to expand his overall knowledge of the defense to make him a stonger canidate to be the Defensive Coordinator next year?
I think that is fair, Dave.
One move in free agency? Matt Roth. He would have a great year as the ROLB in NE.
Hey Mike, What's the over/under on a new CBA? and what are you taking?
July 15 is the day. I'm taking the under.
Chatting of Mankins, given that part of the problem is a stubbornness match between him and Kraft, how do you you see this playing out regarding a long term deal? It seems that both sides want it to happen, but don't want to see conciliatory.
Bill, I think Mankins plays this year under the franchise tag (assuming it still exists) and then it continues in 2012. I look at it a lot like the CBA talks. Can't do anything until both sides are willing to get in the room and listen, and are committed to a resolution.
Hey Mike, hope you had a good vacation, welcome back. I'm interested to hear your view on both Cam Newton and more so, Terrelle Pryor. I just feel that their style just can't hold up in the NFL, and though Newton has more talent, I don't either as future stars, let alone Super Bowl winning-type quarterbacks. Your thoughts?
Tim, I wish I had more on Pryor, but in general, I lean toward your line of thinking here.
senor reiss, what are your thoughts on jason babin, or mcdonald (de, sf) fitting in with the pat's scheme?
Graham, I don't see either as sure-fire fits. Babin can rush the passer (he played 4-3 DE in Tennessee) and if he comes in, that sort of duplicates what you have in Banta-Cain. Don't know as much on McDonald, but my man Mike Rodak mentioned the other day that he sees him as undersized for this scheme.
Mike,If the new CBA makes Logan Mankins an un-restricted free agent, do you think there is any chance the Pats will re-sign him?To me he is one of the key members of the team.
If that happens, I think Mankins is as good as gone.
Hey Mike! Assuming our top draft choices make the roster and some free agents will make the roster, who currently under contract would be the most at risk of NOT making the roster this year? For example, Mallet will make the roster and we'll carry 3 QB's (most likely); therefore, who, or what position is most likely to go? Thanks Mike!
Was thinking a fifth running back could be at risk, Bill. So if everyone is healthy, that's an uphill battle for a Kevin Faulk in my view.
Mike, I saw a questions you answered in the last mailbag about the transfer of Mike Patricia from Linebackers to Safeties for this coming season. A lot of fans were surprised by Merriweather making the Probowl again last year (feeling his play was too inconsistent to make him a serious candidate), and there have been disappointmetns with Chung's injury situation holding him back from what appeared to be a very promising player at his position. They are not the only safeties on the team, of course, so this might be a fairly impactful change in coaching. I am wondering what your thoughts are regarding how this might play out with regard to play by the Pats' safety corps?
I have a couple of thoughts, Rimfire. The first is a bit straight-forward -- I don't think Meriweather is as good as he thinks he is. That's not to say he doesn't have value to the team, and can be productive, but I see him as a player who might be reading too many of his Pro Bowl press clippings. Chung, to me, has a bit more upside right now. I think Patricia is a good coach and his presence should help, but in the end, I'm reminded of 2008 with Dom Capers. I thought Capers' presence as d-backs coach would really strengthen that group. In the end, though, they just didn't have enough talent. So I don't want to overstate a coaching change like that.
Mike - You mentioned Matt Roth as a potential free agent that the Patriots might target this offseason. What kind of contract would you offer him to join New England?
JD, it would depend on competition from other teams and I can't see the Patriots getting into a bidding war. Two years, $5 million was something that came to mind, but I could be selling him short.
Do you think it's a coincidence that the Pats won all 3 SB's with a statistically "good" Tom Brady and none with a "superstar" Tom Brady since he broke out in 2007?
Loaded question, J. Sometimes I wonder if the offense is too Brady-centric, and that it would benefit from some more balance, but then I ask myself the question "If Tyree doesn't catch the ball on his helmet are we having this discussion?" In the end, I think they're OK.
Any chance Charles Johnson (Panthers) ends up a Patriot?
I don't see it, Ryan. He's one of the top guys out there this free agency and I don't see the Patriots swimming in those rich free-agent waters.
Mike, you and Tedy have mentioned Sidney Rice as a name you'd like the Pats to pursue as a top flight FA. My question is, with Larry Fitzgerald being a possible FA next year, would you rather the Pats tie up money on Rice, or use that money to go after Fitz? Obviously, they won't get both.
Fitzgerald would be my choice, Jeff, but I think it's a long, long, long shot it ever happens.
What are the chances that the patroits and I come to an agreement on a contract extension with the shortened time span of free agency this season?
I'd put them as likely as me lining up at kicker this year for the Patriots. :)
No, seriously, anything is possible but right now I just don't see it.
The Pats seem to like picking peices off the the Jets' scrap heap. Do you see them making a run for Brad Smith or any FAs in the Jets' secondary.
I do like the Brad Smith possibility, AJV. Good one.
Do you think both Sanders and Meriweather make the team? They're both in contract years and its really hard to tell how the team feels about either. They rotate so much and both come up with big plays. Do you think we try to trade one of them with the assumption we'd lose them after this year anyway? Thanks boss.
Bill, I like Sanders sticking, even at the high salary. Safety is an interesting position because it looks OK for the short-term with Meriweather, Chung, Sanders, Brown, but what about the long-term as Meriweather and Sanders are both in contract years, as you mention. I like the idea of signing a veteran like Donte Whitner to protect you in future years.
I'm not happy about Ray Lewis presenting my pal Brady.
T-Sizzle checks in. Can we get you a new nickname?
Matt Roth is a slacker! BB doesn't have slackers on his team!
Eric, I'm not sure the reputation is reality there. In fairness, I haven't done the research to know for sure.
Mike--Didn't the Pats sign Otis Smith to a one day contract a few years back?
I seem to remember that Shane. Good call.
Hi Mike; I think everyone in undervaluing what Cunningham is going to bring this year. I predice 10 sacks and more quarterback hurries. With dfowling blitzing from the slot I believe the Pats will be formidable. And lets not forget Chung bringing the wood.
Mike, speaking of Wright and Cannon, do you have updates on either on them?
Wright -- all good. Progress continues. Cannon was at rookie event; still working to follow-up on him.
Mike welcome back. We need to stop all this WR talk. After we banged the Colts WRs around in the snow a few years ago did they feel they needed to go out and make major personnel changes on offense due to the Patriots' physical style of play? of course not and neither do we based on 1 bad game. This team will get back to the top one way and one way only: getting that toughness back at the line of scrimmage, avoiding major injuries,getting hot at the right time (ie playoff time) and of course, a little luck. Thoughts?
I agree, Jason. I keep going back to the last eight regular-season games of 2010, and the Patriots scoring 30-plus each contest. Don't think many were calling for WRs then.
Sorry Mike, just can't get into the chat and stuff until I know there is going to be football. Want to be making plans for taking the kids to watch a day of camp (saw last years practice with the Saints) but I guess I'll have to settle for the beach.
I don't see the harm in the one-day contract (assuming there is no great financial/roster impact). We have questioned for a while if there is enough room in the Hall of Fame for the Vrabels, McGinests, Seymours, Laws, Vinatieris etc. Can't have everybody from the dynasty teams get in right? Retiring as a Patriot honor might be a happy medium for some.
Good debate, Brian. Thanks.
Hey Mike,Long time season ticket holder here, in the family since '76. I'm gunna ignore lockout talk, mainly because I'm very sick of it, and assume the season goes as planned.Every year, I like to look down the schedule and pick a few games I NEED to check out. It's usually games that are a little uncommon. This year, one that excites me is Dallas coming into town. I don't think I've seen them in person, and I see the Boys improving this season and making a game out of it. What's a game on the schedule that intrigues you?
Great topic, Tim. I remember 12-0 Cowboys game in '03 with Parcells back in town as 'Boys coach. Some big Tuna/Belichick talk before game and Tuna is walking around midfield during stretching, hoping to say hello to Belichick. But Belichick waits until after the game to do so. I viewed it as mind games. Classic stuff in my view. This year's game that intrigues me -- Jets. What can I say? The rivalry is an interesting place.
Hey Mike. I recently had a conversation with a person who attended the University of Florida with Spikes, Cunningham, and Hernandez. I asked him his opinion on the players and I was surprised by his response. ... What is your take? Have you heard anything similar?
Mike, I think all players are going to let it rip in college a bit. So what I do is judge them as professionals. All three seem to be serious and committed.
Are the Pats the team to beat this year?
I'd put them right in the mix, Raj.
how do u view spikes this year? can we keep him on the field on 3rd if he's playing in a zone?
I don't think so, Graham. Still 1st and 2nd down, if he holds off competition from Guyton and Fletcher.
Prisco at CBS listed Malcolm Floyd to the Pats as a free agent deal that 'makes too much sense'. It's not a name that gets thrown out alot in regards to the Patriots. What are your thoughts?
I like him, Brian. He's on my list too. Big, tall WR who can run. If we talk about adding a WR -- which I'm not convinced they need to do -- he's one of those stretch-the-field guys.
I've seen Julian Edelmen's college highlights and what he's done with a few opportunities with the ball in space, why is he only getting one or two plays a game?
Part of it is Welker and part of it last year was the switch to more multiple TE packages, Peter. Just a hunch, but I think we'll see more of him this year.
Something to help fuel the Matt Roth fire: He played under defensive coordinator Dom Capers in Miami and under Mangini in Cleveland. Similar schemes. Both have been part of Pats coaching team.
Is the Patriots dynasty of being dominant ended with the start of the new decade? what I am trying to say is, will they fall off this year or have another contending team?
Brandon, I see them as a viable contender.
Mike, realistically, will the patriots make any FA moves at all or will they focus on more in house things such as resigning logan makins?
Mike, I view it as mostly in-house, with a few moves sprinkled in.
Do you feel the Pats needed something else personel-wise in order to beat the Jets in last years playoffs? If so, have they addressed it this offseason?
More balance offensively. I think they have taken steps to address it. Big key -- how does the line come together?
Is it ridiculous to think that Eric Moore could be the next Vrabel-like signing? Or just a flash in the pan?
At this point, I think that's a little generous even considering the possibility, Brian.
Five minute warning...
Pick the FA from one of the other 3 AFC East teams, you'd like to see the Pats sign the most (taking into consideration contract demands).
S Donte Whitner (Bills); WR Brad Smith (Jets); C/G Cory Procter (Dolphins)
no to me in NE as OLB...I stunk it up in HOU as a 3-4 OLB...I'm strictly a 4-3 DE now and always should have been
Yes, but in a system like NE, you can be used 50 percent of the time as a 4-3 DE.
How many good years do you think Tom Brady has left?
Mike, how many sacks does Jermaine Cunningham get this season? Prediciton please!! I say, 7.
I like the 7 James. I'll make that my tentative prediction, too.
Hey Mike I know how Bill Belichick can get back at Eric Manigini tank the whole season for Andrew Luck in next years NFL Draft
Don't think fans will like too much, Anthony.
mike, can you give your thoughts on leaving spikes on the field for 3rd down? would he have to be blitzing or in a zone read??
Spikes is a solid blitzer in my view, so I could see that Graham.
Let's end it there. Thanks to all for chatting. A lot of good stuff today. Will have an update on our next chat, as I'm off next week for vacation. Happy 4th to all!